Foundry on Elm

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Type: Bar, Eatery

255 Elm St
Somerville, Massachusetts, 02144-2956
United States

(617) 628-9999 | map

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Added by a74gent on 10-11-2010

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Ratings: 23 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of Dricardi
4.73/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This is a local favorite when it comes to a little more of an upscale watering hole, with all the right craft beers to choose from. Delectable eats (one of my favorites being the devils on horseback) to a vast selection of brews as well as wines and other spirits. I love the ambiance, the open windows during the warm months, and its a great spot to catch up with a good friend or satiate the palate of a date.

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Photo of Ela
3.83/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of scxcrunner
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of RePhil
4.43/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of smcolw
3.99/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a relatively chic bar on Davis Square in Somerville, Mass. There are about 35 beers on tap. All of them (with the exception of Pabst Blue Ribbon) can be considered craft brews. There's actually fewer bottled beers than on tap. I was able to find several that I've never had.

I ordered a pizzetta (spicy sausage) that was excellent. The service was efficient without be intrusive.

Although when you walk in, it's a very large room, it is well divided with a large white marble bar and many marble topped tables and ruby leathered chairs. It has a modern "Brunch feel". Overall,a very pleasant experience.

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Photo of Foxxe13
3.79/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Coorsy
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of benzalman
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of SveNss0N
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of brunop
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

Photo of rjp217
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Photo of Boston71
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Jtully
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of SithLantern
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of dcisco44
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Plissken
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Resuin
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of brureview
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

The Foundry is in a good location in Somerville and has a lively atmosphere.
It's a good place to drink.

However, the service is just ok. It took a while for the drinks to be served, and I was served a beer other than the one I ordered- I figured this out later.

The appetizers are smaller. Not filling.

Despite the food and service, it's a good place to drink because of the craft beer selection and the atmosphere is fun.

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Photo of TWStandley
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Went here for dinner the other night, not expecting to drink any beer. Immediately noticed that they had Founder's Breakfast Stout on tap, relatively rare for the area, so I had a few glasses. Other offerings were fairly good as well - with some rarer beers and your typical staples.

Beer was served in a snifter which was great, though the amount they charged for it was ridiculous. Really, a snifter of FBS for $8.50? Nonetheless I ordered a few simply because I hadn't had it on draft before.

Ambiance is cool in there, somewhat classy - food is delicious though a bit pricy for the portions.

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Photo of ridedammit
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

A and I went in for dinner one night to try out this new pub in Davis Sq. I think it is owned by the same people that own the Independent in Union Sq, but I could be mistaken. Atmosphere is a bit sterile, the lighting was all wrong and made it feel washed out..

Beer selection is normal for this area, nothing really stood out, then again I was designated driving later that evening so could not partake of more than one. Food was average, again nothing spectacular or noteworthy.

Staff was Ok, not overly friendly but we did not feel ignored either. All in all a very average experience. Will have to go back again to see if a second visit and new perspective change my opinion. I have friends that I trust that like this place, so its worth another try or 2.

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Photo of VCgabi
4.15/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I love Davis Square. It's a fun, young place full of fun, young people. I've been coming to the square for a long time and was pleasantly surprised when the Foundry opened up. I first stopped by on the second night they were open and it was a little slow, but I immediately loved the vibe.

There is a long marble bar running down the middle of the place a few yards away from the actual bar. It's great! You still get that cozy feel, sitting next to your friends, having your friends nearby 2 feet across from you, but not sitting at the bar with a line of taps in your face.

This is a great place to come for dinner (food is awesome, albeit pricey. small quantities) or for drinks. I usually stop by around 10 or 11 and the place is full, but not overwhelming. There's always a place to sit and service is pretty decent. The bartenders know their stuff.

Even better, great beer selection! I have been consistently impressed with their beer selection and the bar tenders' interest in beer. They are keen to answer any questions and will let you try a few if you're terribly indecisive.

Great place for a date or a night out with friends.

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Photo of Jason
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The Boston area seems to be getting its second wave of gastro-pubs, Foundry On Elm is still a new kid on the block for this.

Their selection runs from a handle or two semi-obscure to decent picks to typical to "why are they serving this here?" Bud Light on Tap? I am sick of seeing these "we have to serve it to pay the bills" beers on. Bud Light ... Stella. Come on, that's expected from cookie cutter wine bistros that want nothing to do with beer. So they have some good beers on tap ... time to order and I get them in damn water glasses. Can I guy get a pint glass around here? A dozen bottled beers or so shine after that it goes towards typical to crap. The staff is on the up and up and knows their beer and is very helpful.

I have not eaten here yet aside from the Charcuterie and cheese plates, damn place is always packed and I won't be waiting 90 mins for a table. I will note that the people working the host station / door person have it easy and seem to spend more time socializing and taking up space rather than helping out the least bit ... way too much staff running this place IMO.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

My wife and I had dinner here this past Saturday night, before a show at the Somerville Theatre. I had made a reservation at 6:00, but due to the difficulty of finding parking, we didn't walk in until almost 6:30. But, the very accommodating host still had a very nice table waiting for us. Very cool looking interior. Reminds me a lot of Eastern Standard in Kenmore Sq. White marble bar top, dark wood, red leather, and brass everywhere. Four tvs behind the bar with sports. Quite a boisterous crowd for a Sat evening, which made the place seem quite loud. Service from our waitress was excellent also, as she was quick and friendly. The beer selection was quite good for the area. Plenty of local favorites and then lots of national craft breweries on the menu. I had a chalice of Great Divide Hibernation and a snifter of North Coast Old Rasputin, while my wife had a Jack D'or served in a PT wine glass, and an Allagash White. Draft beer prices ranged from $5.50 to $8. Bottle prices seemed a bit high though. Food was delicious also. We had salmon rillettes to start, then I had the burger and my wife had a chicken salad. One can definitely call the food elevated pub cuisine. Food prices were $10-12 for salads and sandwiches and $14-25 for entrees. For a newcomer to the Davis Sq scene, FOE has taken the nightlife scene to a new level. Would come back here no doubt next time we are in the area.

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Foundry on Elm in Somerville, MA
Place rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 23 ratings